This week we’re joined by four of our wonderful mods (it’s Mod Appreciation month here at WoW Challenges): Awesome Trousers, BoZ, Nisey and Xortz! We ask them about their experiences with the new changes, if they’ve completed anything on their bucket lists before BFA launches and any advice they can give to newcomers, especially considering the changes since 7.3.5. We also talk about a third wave of BlizzCon tickets going on sale, the 8.0 patch changes that affect Pacifist challengers, the Hot-Fix to remove Auto-Accept, BFA launching SOON, the update to the site’s random class/race generator and remind folks about our 3-year anniversary show (we need more questions!). We all talk about our weeks in WoW; cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
Xortz steps in as our impromptu guest co-Host this week (Leeta is sick… feel better soon!), so Xortz and Stone have a “boys night” episode! We talk about the recent XP adjustments, the BFA questing experience and the last cinematics that Blizzard released this week. The boys talk about their week in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
This week we’re joined by Akari, a co-host from Azeroth Coast to Coast. He tells us about his Iron experiences dating back all the way to Cataclysm! We discuss the new mob damage/health nerf that was just put in place as well a request for questions for our WoW Challenges Q&A show scheduled for the end of August. Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
Froggeh, better known as the illustrious Elbi, the man that carries Stone through raids, mythic+ dungeons and PUBG squad wins joins us this week to tell us a little bit about himself and his experience with the challenges. We talk about how hard the patch has hit and how scaling has affected us as well a request for questions for our WoW Challenges Q&A show scheduled for the end of August. Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
The loremaster himself, Remedyz joins us from PwnCast! Rem tells us all about how he squirrels and what his plans are for his challenge toons (hopefully not dying). We discuss the Patch 8.0 changes, BlizzCon Ticket rename date change and plans for our upcoming 3-year anniversary show. Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
… And because we’re disorganzied, we talk about the new WoW Challenges community that will be created once 8.0 hits and DitchCon’s drink ticket wave.
This week we are joined by the very cool and chill twitch streamer Per0tin! He tells us all about his experiences in WoW and even a tip that we had NEVER heard before! Stone returns to cover the news, which is NOT MUCH. We are waiting with bated breath for the 8.0 pre-patch to drop! Stone and Leeta talk about their week’s in WoW; we all cover the State of the Challenges and read listener questions & puns!
Per0tin’s Advice The first piece of advice I would give, and it is something I always say is the biggest killer of any challenger (outside of a DC/lag spike or phase) is unfamiliarity. Always stick to what you know, even if it is a zone that everyone tells you is too dangerous. You’re far better off going to zones and doing quests that you know the mechanics, mob patterns, respawns etc in a quote “dangerous” zone, than you are doing a safer zone that you do not know. So firstly, stick to what you know.
Secondly when people ask me what class they should start a challenger on for their first attempt I usually lean toward either a hunter or a paladin, so you can’t really go wrong with either of those.
Lastly would be to take regular breaks, don’t feel bad about skipping quests, and when you die try not to get too disheartened and jump back on the horse sooner rather than later.
Oh and have fun!
Per0tin’s Tips & Tricks Helpful tips or tricks. Do the four starting zones each time to get the best white gear possible from quests, even if it takes you past 20. I’m often still finishing up the final zone at 22 but you still get ample experience.
Another would be to use the chauffer mount (on classes where you’re not in tank spec) until 60. Not being able to be dismounted could be a life saver, so forgo the extra speed for safety.
Be aware of when the vendor item sets are available and try and purchase those as soon as you can. Also periodically check the AH for shoulders and a cloak upgrade.
Set your hearthstone in the questing hubs inn that you’re working from and use it often to get out of caves etc. No need to take unnecessary risks in running out of caves.
Some slightly less obvious ones are: Use macros to your advantage, often times especially when you are in trouble it is easy to get flustered, so if you have an oh-crap macro that could save you in a bind.
Keep your head on a swivel at all times. If you are questing in a zone and you know you need to kill a named mob who would be risky solo and you see another player heading that way act quickly and get a sneaky tag in. The same is true of the other way around, careful with players rounding mobs up near you, it’s best to steer clear and not take any risks.
Sell items on a vendor mount if you have one to avoid accidently equiping a green or better item at a non-stationary vendor.
And my last tip would be to use critters to your advantage. Honestly, critters. My current Iron Mage is level 35 and arcane spec and I build up his arcane charges on critters before pulling quest mobs. You can do the same to generate rage and combo points for example. Use everything you have at your disposal to gain an advantage.
We catch up with Rogueslayer this week and hear how her challenge adventures in WoW are going. We talk Midsummer Fire Festival and Darkmoon Faire is approaching. And with Stone away this week, Leeta is joined by Ster and they share their tales as well as read the State of the Challengers and listener questions.
We are joined by Illeye (Dave the Hunter… not THAT hunter) to tell us his challenge tales in WoW. We talk about Warcraft’s free sub weekend and the Midsummer Fire Festival. Stone and Leeta share their adventures over the last week, read the State of the Challengers and listener questions.
Tiber returns after *almost* a year to the day, talking about adventures in WoW and his pacifists and iron challenge characters. We cover PTR 8.0, Midsummer Fire Festival, WoW Classic and Blizzard Password vulnerability. Stone and Leeta share their adventures over the last week, read the State of the Challengers and listener questions.
This week Taco joins us as our guest to talk about death by sneezing and all sorts of other great challenge leveling stories. We talk about the BFA World Launch, DitchCon, the Troll Run 2k18, Midsummer Fire Festival and Stone’s Walk for ALS. Leeta and Stone share their challenge adventures this week and read the State of the Challengers.